Jean G. McMurray
Since 1998, Jean has served as executive director of Worcester County Food Bank, providing leadership and a comprehensive vision to all areas of WCFB’s advocacy and operations. Prior to becoming executive director, she was the agency outreach coordinator from 1995 to 1997.
Since assuming the role as director, Jean has guided the organization and its network of partner agencies to tremendous successes. Under her leadership, WCFB has expanded in number of staff, increased the size and scope of its food pickup and distribution programs, deepened community partnerships, and built an impressive advocacy program, all focused on the nutrition and health of the community and WCFB’s goal of continuing to feed people today while working towards creating hunger-free communities for tomorrow.
Jean is a recognized leader in the anti-hunger arena and Worcester County, serving in several leadership positions including co-chair of the Worcester Food Policy Council, as a member of the board of directors of Project Bread, the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, as a member of the board of directors of The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, and as a member of the advisory board for the Worcester Department of Transitional Assistance.
Her work previous to WCFB included positions with a local homeless shelter, teaching in a family literacy program and then as a housing counselor, as well as positions in Washington D.C. as a media analyst for the Embassy of Jordan, as a research assistant to David Gergen, former White House Communications Director, and as a consultant to the Central American Peace Scholarship Program at the United States Agency for International Development.
Jean was born and raised in the Blackstone Valley by parents who were both public school educators. Jean earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Eisenhower College; the liberal arts college of the Rochester Institute of Technology.